According to the ultimate authority that is Wikipedia, the Earth’s surface area is over 510 million kilometres squared – 148 million of which is land.
Spain encompasses just over 505 thousand kilometres squared – do the maths and it turns out it’s just 0.3 per cent of the total land available. And yet, UK cyclists flock to mainland Spain and its surrounding islands on an annual basis.
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Puerto de Ebo
Puerto de Ebo follows the CV-712 from Vall d'Ebo, heading over the pas towards the Costa Blanca. This is a short and fairly easy climb, with regular gradients. It is very popular with professional cyclists staying in nearby towns, who include Ebo as part of long circular rides.
Montserrat: climb to the Monastery from Monistrol
There is nothing more iconic for the Catalans than the Montserrat mountain, which is considered sacred. The monastery here attracts pilgrims by the hundreds of thousands. Same time the sheer beauty of nature here makes it a Mecca for hikers and cyclists alike. So we won't exaggerate to say that climbing this mountain is a must if you want some truly unforgettable and very local experience. The views are surrealist.
Port de Tudons (via Sella)
Port de Tudons is one of the most popular cycling climbs in the Valencia Community, and is a favoured training ground of professional riders over the winter. It has featured several times in the Vuelta a España, although often quite early in the stage rather than being a decisive climb.
The gradients on Port de Tudons are gentle and consistent, but the length makes it a moderately challenging climb; although one which is best included in a longer route rather than done by itself. The scenery is very picturesque, particularly on the lower slopes with views of the spectacular Puig Campana mountain.
This is a fenomenal climb right off the seaside from them the main road along the Costa Brava coast. With zero traffic, this road is offers nice ride with gradual gentle climb to the hill top where you'll find picturesque old church and small café if you ride in the summer. Just be wary of the little stretch with 14% gradient right before you arrive to the top. Gorgeous views are guaranteed!
Basque Coast at it’s best
This is one of the nicest stretches of the coast of the Basque Country, with impressive views and some unique rock formations. Places to be recognised by some Game of Thrones fans!
Alt de la Musara is a picturesque cycling climb situated in the Tarragona province of Catalonia. It has been used in the Volta a Catalunya professional race, most recently in 2017 when the riders descended this side.
The climb on the Vilaplana side is characterized by a high number of hairpin bends, as it winds its way through forest towards the Prades Mountains. Very ocasionally the trees open out to offer some nice views looking back down the climb.
Alt de la Musara is nominally open year round, with only very rare closures due to snow in winter.
Rocacorba has a history every cyclist should become a part of. Used for over a decade by many local pros as a testing climb, the famous mountain is a challenge to anyone and everyone. The 10.7 kilometre climb has a deceptive overall gradient of 7%. Starting teasingly gentle before levelling off and demanding your easiest gear on sections up to 11%, disciplined pacing will pay off for the last half of the climb that averages 9%. However, the quiet tree-lined road offers just enough respite to remain achievable for the determined weekend warrior. Keep your eyes peeled toward the top for the faded “Look Right” painted on the road to see spanning Pyrenean peaks through an opening in the trees.
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Calpe Road Cycling Camp
5 days | Spain | €645
Place of choice for international professional cycling teams. Great conditions, nice weather and superb accommodation. Getting better at cycling and still enjoying your time off the bike in one the Europe's most popular cycling location.View Tour
Denia Road Cycling Retreat
7 days | Road | €645
Get to know the best cycling spot on Spain's Costa Blanca. Based in a pretty coastal town of Denia, explore the quite smooth roads that swing in the hills right from the doorstep.View Tour
Southern Catalonia Road Cycling Holiday
Spain | Road | €450
Exceptional cycling environment of the Prades mountains with smoothest roads with no traffic, combined with total peace of mind of bungalow accommodation in the middle of nature.View Tour
Murcia Cycling and Wine Experience
8 days | Road | €1095
Mild Mediterranean September sun. Perfect roads without end. Vibrant Murcian culture. Joining the locals in celebrating year's wine harvest. Sounds like second to none cycling trip.View Tour
Mallorca Luxury Classical Cycling
Road | €2450 | 7 days
Mallorca does not need lots of presentation - it is simply hottest European cycling spot. Mild climate, sheer beauty and cycling culture made it top of the list. Experience Mallorca the way you will like.View Tour
Picos de Europa Cycling Trip
8 days | Road | €1124
Mythical climbs in the natural paradise of the Picos de Europa park in the Northern Spain. Lakes and green valleys under the blue skies.View Tour
The Route of the Moors
9 days | Road | €1124
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Costa Daurada Cycling Holidays
Perfect roads and climbs amongst wine fields and medieval villages with Mediterranean Sea by your side. Silk soft roads and mild climate make it a good match to ride.View Tour
Costa Brava Cycling Tour
6 days | €1275 | Spain
Gorgeous riding in the Mediterranean most picturesque coast - the Costa Brava. Spin along the rocky road along the sea, climb some serious mountains and feel the vibe of Girona - hottest European cycling spot.View Tour
The Basque Country Classics
Spain | 8 days | €1124
Ride the picturesque Basque coast from Bilbao to San Sebastián and then to Vitoria, immersing yourself into unique views over the Bay of Biscay and inland green hills and indulging yourself with renowned Basque cuisine.View Tour
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